The Untold Risks of Marijuana Abuse
Medical discoveries in recent decades have certainly brought a different perspective to the public’s view on marijuana use. Because there are multiple medical benefits of prescription marijuana, people are often left with a false impression that it’s a “harmless” drug leading to marijuana abuse.
It is true that marijuana does not actually pose the exaggerated risks and dangers that it was previously believed to, such as during the “Reefer Madness” era, nevertheless, it should not be considered benign or without risk.
Marijuana is by far the most commonly abused controlled substance and statistically speaking, its use does often precipitate that of more dangerous drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, or even heroin. While medical benefits do exist, danger still lies in the fact that marijuana is a mind-altering substance that can significantly impair judgment and cause the user to possibly engage in dangerous behavior.
Is Marijuana Addictive?
Psychological addiction to marijuana can be strong, however, there is no risk of physical dependency. When it comes to treating marijuana abuse, a medical detox is not required. Sometimes the patient requires extensive aftercare support and ongoing therapy to help the patient overcome the psychological addiction to marijuana.
What are some of the dangers associated with marijuana abuse?
- Mood changes
- Impaired cognition (burnout effect)
- Memory loss (especially short-term)
- Impaired gait and movement
- Increased heart rate
- Respiratory problems
- Increased risk taking
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What’s the Big Deal About Marijuana?
Obviously, marijuana abuse is not as dangerous as the use of drugs such as cocaine and heroin, but it still has the power to take a stronghold in a person’s life. Furthermore, its abuse can create long-term respiratory conditions and it can also make users more vulnerable to other forms of illicit drug use.
Even if the person does not suffer from severe physical withdrawal in the absence of marijuana, the psychological component of marijuana abuse is strong enough to induce cravings and cause people to do things they would normally not do to get a “buzz”.
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